Doctor Of Business Administration

Provided by PSB Academy


Awarded by Edinburgh Napier University

Course introduction


This Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional Doctorate degree designed to develop applied research for senior managers and leaders currently employed in an organisation that is committed to the continuing development of its employees.

This Doctorate degree blends theoretical learning with practical experience based on a business context to create a reflective practitioner. Rather than working towards a single output, the DBA is assessed by combining continuous evaluation with a major research project focusing on the candidate’s workplace.

It is equivalent to the PhD in terms of application, originality of work and contribution to business knowledge.

  • Complete within 36 Months
    With a time investment of 36 months part-time, graduate with a professional doctorate.

Potential Career Opportunities
  • Research & Innovation
  • Senior Policy & Strategic Planning
  • Academic Teaching & Education

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Core Modules
  • Researching Business
  • Research Philosophies In Business And Management
  • Locating Your Research In Practice And Theory
  • Research Design
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Thesis / Portfolio And Viva Preparation
The School of Postgraduate Studies may recommend modules for completion within the published duration. The delivery of modules is subject to change and may not follow the sequence as shown above.
Terms: 1-2 modules per semester
Minimum Class Size: 12 Candidates

Mode of Assessment: Assessment of this programme includes coursework such as group work, in-class tests, written reports, examinations viva voce, and presentations.

Maximum Candidature: The maximum candidature period for all candidates is 48 months (4 years).

Entry Requirements

Local Qualifications

An MBA or a Masters qualification in a relevant area, coupled with relevant work experience in a senior management role (usually 5 years). Exceptionally, applicants who do not have a recognised formal qualification may be considered on the basis of extensive senior management experience and evidence of appropriate academic ability.

Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old

English Language Requirements
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an appropriate English language qualification, achieved no more than two years prior to the expected registration date:
i) IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no component below 6.0, OR
ii) TOEFL IBT score of at least 90 (or equivalent paper or computer-based test), OR
iii) Pearsons Test of English score of at least 60, OR
iv) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English score of at least Grade B, OR
v) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English score of at least C.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

This programme can be completed in 36 months.

Intake Period

  • October

Fees & Funding

Total Course Fees
Singapore-based students (Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents, and Work Pass holders)
Usual Course Fees For New Students:

  • S$46,886.54
Progressing Student Rate (After Rebate):
  • S$44,886.54
Payment Instalments: 12

Other Mandatory Fees
Singapore-based students (Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents, and Work Pass holders)
Application Fee: S$220.00

All fees are subject to annual revision.